This is made from 80% Pinot Noir, the remainder Chardonnay, both coming from both the Napa and Sonoma sides of the appellation. Inviting in wild strawberry, it is dry and stony and exuberant in earthy mineral aspects of crushed rock and dried herb.
The merest touch of nettle merges into a supreme lemon freshness on the nose. The palate rounds everything out with a subtle yeasty creaminess that boosts the pure lemon flavor. It never seems overly opulent or tart, holding delicious tension throughout.
Meaty, sanguine flavors greet the straightforward entry to this appellation wine, a showcase of the area's warm climate. Substantial concentration builds along the midpalate, dusted in clove, black cherry and berry.
Starts shy, then slowly but surely reveals good concentration and a nice floral component. A herbaceous note below the dark fruit. This is tangy and vibrant, making a change from the frequently overripe styles.
Made predominantly from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this bold full-bodied blend is invitingly floral in cherry blossom and coconut flakes, the oak showy and present. Cherry and cassis flavors are rounded and rich on the palate and the body brawny and broadly defined in tannin and oak.
This John Legend-led partnership is a blend of 55% Petite Sirah, 39% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot. Bright, focused red cherry and cassis meets soft rounded tannin that contributes to a seamless offering of velvety texture.
This broad-shouldered, full-bodied wine shocks and awes with its clove and black pepper notes that are as savory as a fine steak, with which it would pair brilliantly. Oak and tannin form a shield of power that girds the black fruit for further battle.
This big, bold red in a leopard-spotted bottle is made from a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon, and it's powerfully concentrated with tobacco aromas, boulder-sized tannins and cherry-like fruitiness. Ancillary sparks of cedar and sage contribute intrigue.
This wine is notable for its freshness of fruit, its black currant flavors awash in tannins, bringing spicy tobacco notes and stony coolness to the vibrant fruit. It’s approachable and juicy, a wine to pour with grilled lamb.